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    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Work for Queensland Expo for Logan jobseekers

    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, February 01, 2012

    Work for Queensland Expo for Logan jobseekers

    Local jobseekers are being encouraged to stake their claim in the booming resources sector at today’s Work for Queensland Mining and Jobs Expo in Logan.

    Employment Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe joined Member for Albert Margaret Keech and Member for Waterford Evan Moorhead at today’s Expo.

    “The demand for skilled workers is at an all-time high. There are thousands of vacancies on the books in the resources sector and we want to give Logan jobseekers every chance to fill those jobs and share in the boom times,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “We’re looking at 38,000 jobs in mining and construction over the next few years and we want to give as many Queenslanders as possible the chance to carve out a career in the resources sector.

    “With our Jobs Expos and our free Resources 101 courses, we’re giving Queensland jobseekers the best possible chance to take up the many opportunities on offer,” he said.

    Mr Moorhead said more than 1,200 local jobseekers had registered to attend the Expo.

    “It’s a chance for jobseekers to find out more about the resources sector – the types of jobs in high demand and how they can match their skills or learn new ones to get a foot in the door,” he said.

    The Work for Queensland Mining and Jobs Expo is being held at the Logan Entertainment Centre, 170 Wembley Road, Logan Central between 10am and 4pm.

    More than 24,000 jobseekers attended Work for Queensland Mining and Jobs Expos around the state last year.

    Mrs Keech is also encouraging locals to have their say on the Bligh Government’s Mines and Minds policy.

    “At the heart of it, is our new Education Trust - $1.8 billion over ten years from future LNG royalties. It’s our investment in the skills and training of a budding, new generation of Queenslanders,” Mrs Keech said.

    “We want people to have their say on how those funds could be used. For instance, they could fund TAFE and university scholarships, provide tools for apprentices, tuition fees, education and training initiatives beyond the basics and beyond school years, living expenses and travel expenses for students in regional Queensland – the opportunities are endless.

    “Importantly, the trust will create opportunities for young people that their parents didn’t have,” she said. Visit http://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/205/view.html

    Media Inquiries: Minister’s Office 3227 8824

    Margaret Keech’s Office 3807 0809

    Evan Moorhead’s Office 3200 3477